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Matthew 25 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:1 - “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:2 - Five of them were foolish and five were wise.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:3 - The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:4 - The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:5 - The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:6 - “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:7 - “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:8 - The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:9 - “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:10 - “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:11 - “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:12 - “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:13 - “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:14 - “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:15 - To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[fn] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:16 - The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:17 - So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:18 - But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:19 - “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:20 - The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:21 - “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:22 - “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:23 - “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:24 - “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:25 - So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:26 - “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:27 - Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:28 - “ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:29 - For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:30 - And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:31 - “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:32 - All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:33 - He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:34 - “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:35 - For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:36 - I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:37 - “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:38 - When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:39 - When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:40 - “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:41 - “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:42 - For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:43 - I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:44 - “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:45 - “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 25:46 - “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
NIV Footnotes
Greek five talents ... two talents ... one talent; also throughout this parable; a talent was worth about 20 years of a day laborer’s wage.

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